Yoga – one of the most powerful tools to lose weight

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Yoga – a holistic practice for physical and mental well-being

Yoga, which is believed to have originated in India, is well recognized all over the world to offer a number of benefits. Yoga is known to be a stress buster and can also help lose fat from unwanted body parts.

In this article, we will consider a few yoga poses which will help you burn excess fat and lose weight.

5 Proven yoga poses that facilitate weight loss

There are a large number of yoga poses, also known as asanas, which are known to offer a range of health benefits – both physical as well as mental. Here, we will briefly consider five of the best yoga poses, which are known to facilitate weight loss:

Stand straight with your feet together. Now, raise one leg and place the sole of your foot on the inside of your thigh, with your knee bent towards the side. As you inhale, extend your arms upwards, keeping your hands together and fingertips pointing towards the ceiling. Keep your body straight in this position, while breathing normally for a couple of minutes. Switch your legs and repeat the asana. This pose will help you reduce belly and thigh fat in a matter of weeks.

Lie down in a position akin to doing push-ups. Hold your body firm and straight and keep it a few inches above the floor. As you exhale, lower your body slowly and lift one leg, such that it is parallel to the body. Hold this position for a couple of minutes and then switch legs. While this pose strengthens your core, you will also begin losing fat from your arms, legs and belly.

Sit on the ground with your legs kept straight and torso at 90 degrees. Now, inhale slowly and raise both your legs together, while leaning backward. You will feel your entire body weight being supported on your buttocks, with pressure being felt in your abs and thighs. Remember to keep your legs together and stretched out. Hold this position for a couple of minutes before relaxing. Repeat the exercise about 3 to 5 times.

Lie on the ground in a position similar to that of doing push-ups. Now, curve your torso upwards while keeping your feet firmly together, such that your position resembles that of a hooded cobra. Stretch yourself as far as you can and hold the position for a couple of minutes. Relax and repeat the asana. The pose will help strengthen your spine and get rid of excess belly fat.

Sit with your spine erect and your legs stretched out. Now, bend both your knees inwards, such that the soles of your feet touch each other. With the help of your hands, draw your feet as close to your pelvis as possible and then move your thighs up and down like the wings of a butterfly. This asana will help you get rid of thigh as well as belly fat.

These are only a few of the numerous ways in which yoga helps lose weight. Make sure to include these in your everyday exercise regime and you will soon notice yourself getting rid of unwanted fat from your body.

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